crankygeeks 138 episode
This is episode 138 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Run time 31:24Producer pcmagAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
Apple's new notebooks, The crisis and tech bargains, Did laptops cause jet to plunge?, and more...
What's new in Episode 138
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editorial Director, PCMagCast.com
Dave Mathews, Inventor, Tech Journalist
David Spark, Tech Journalist
Apple Delivers New Notebooks, Prices
Apple held a press conference Tuesday at its headquarters to announce new notebook offerings. Apple unveiled a thin new MacBook Pro with an aluminum casing. Plus: Graphics by Nvidia, a multitouch trackpad, and a $999 price point. Who was there?
Does a Weak Market Mean Tech Product Bargains?
Analyst Tim Bajarin says that the economic crisis may bring on many bargains in tech, including bargains on consumer products. He points to cocooning--which basically means that if money is tight, consumers will spend more time at home instead of going to movies and restaurants, or taking long vacations. One area that gains from this is HDTVs, he says.
Humans Duped in A.I. Test
Computers argued, cracked jokes and parried trick questions, all part of an annual test of artificial intelligence carried out at the University of Reading. Typing away at split-screen terminals Sunday, a dozen volunteers carried out two conversations at once: one with a chat program, the other with a human. Their job was to discern which was which. A bot called Elbot scooped up the day's top award: the Loebner Artificial Intelligence Prize's bronze medal, for duping three out of 12 judges assigned to evaluate it.
Boxee Open Source Media Platform Brewing
Boxee is a free open source software platform that lets users control their media from a PC-connected TV. Like other media applications, you can watch movies or web video, listen to music, look at photos and more, all with your remote control. Co-founder and Inventor Dave Mathews tells us what's different about this platform and where it stands.
Did Laptops Cause Qantas Jet to Plunge?
Passengers are being questioned over whether they were using electronic equipment just before their Qantas A330-300 plunged out-of-control over Western Australia. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has said an "irregularity" in one of the aircraft's computers may have caused the dramatic altitude change. Last July, it was claimed that a passenger clicking a wireless mouse during a flight sent a Qantas jumbo jet off course on a three-degree bank.
John C. Dvorak